Blog: The Schedule

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Welcome to all the new readers. Hope you are enjoying reading my Erin Penn’s Second Base blog. This is the fifth Thursday, where instead of pointing you at other people’s blogs, I write one of my own.

I am thinking it is time to circle around and let people know what the blogging schedule is, since it has been a while. I publish something three days a week: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. During the tax season many of the posts are prepped in advance, like this one, for my sanity’s sake.

Sunday posts are flashes. Half are flashes from before my restructuring of the blog. The stories were written from 2012 to 2015; I changed format at the beginning of 2016. I don’t yet know what I am going to do once I run out of old flashes. Something I will need to figure out soon.

The flashes are a mix of text and visual flashes. Text flashes I wrote either from text prompts or an idea I had. Visual flashes use a picture as a prompt; for example, if the picture has a red chair, a red chair is likely to be in the story. For the text prompts I try and find a good picture to go with the story after the story is written. I wrote a blog in 2016 providing a little more detail about text and visual flashes. You can find it HERE.

The cycle is old text, old visual, new text, and new visual flashes within each month. The months with a fifth Sunday, I publish a flash of 2,000 words or more. In general my flashes tend to between 500 and 1,200 words. For 2018 the longer flashes will happen in April, July, September, and December .

Tuesday posts are a mix cycling once a month through: book reviews, editing rants, author spotlights, and writing exercises. And every fifth Tuesday in a month I post about an embroidery or calligraphy project I have been working on. The spotlights are on authors I have edited and ones I have meet at conventions and the like. Book reviews are on some of my favorite books.

The editing rants … well, those kind-of happen in the middle of the night and I post them to a writer’s group on Facebook. When I working on an editing project and find something that just leaves me speechless,  sometimes I just got to scream into the world before moving on. Facebook works good for this. The writers’ group tells me they love it because it demystifies editing to them. I clean some of these explosions up and post them here. I hope they are entertaining and informative.

Thursday posts are blogs I have found on the Internet. Most of them from Magical Words, an amazing group of genre writers, publishers, and editors. I also post some relevant memes, and the fifth Thursday a blog post of my own making. Like today.

So that is the blogging schedule: a story on Sunday, books and writing on Tuesday, and writing and editing blogs on Thursday.

In addition to the website-blog, I have a Facebook page. If you would like to have access to my Facebook page, you can like it HERE. The website includes a cross-references of characters appearing in multiple flashes and published works. And please review my published works available for sale through Amazon.

Thanks for reading and have a great Thursday!